If you are an American, today marks 244 years since the unilateral declaration of Independence.
If you’re a heart patient, however, today marks 29 years since the senseless murder of Dr Victor Chang, a man to whom Kerry Packer, Richard Carlton, Fiona Coote and numerous other people owe their lives.
Okay, Kerry Packer died from kidney failure, and he didn’t want another transplant, and Richard Carlton had a heart attack in 2006 at Beaconsfield, but Fiona Coote is still alive and is the youngest heart transplant patient.
I remember Tom Gleeson joking that anti-vaxxers caused him to die, which wasn’t particularly funny, as he had to cancel a trip to Singapore the day before he was murdered as the patient he was going to operate upon had the measles
. We do not know whether it was lack of vaccination that caused the measles.
What remains is that Victor Chang’s murder was senseless and a significant loss to Australia.
I remember, in 1993, arguing with someone at university who claimed that Victor Chang wasn’t Australian (read white), but some years later, the people spoke.
Victor Chang was named the most influential Australian person of the 20th Century.